International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements from the political to the social while calling for gender equality.
Government announces new Rs 20 coin
In a first, the government has announced new Rs 20 coin which will be shaped like a 12-edged polygon (dodecagon). The outside diameter of new Rs 20 coin will be 27mm (millimeters) and it will weigh 8.54 grams. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the new series of “visually impaired friendly circulation” coins (Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20). Except for the Rs 20 coin, the rest of the denominations will be round in shape.
Hardeep S Puri launches e-Dharti App
Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri launched e-Dharti app where all the three modules- Conversion, Substitution and Mutation related to properties have been made online. The payment system in Land and Development Office, L&DO has also been completely digitized.
India’s February jobless rate climbed to 7.2%: CMIE
The unemployment rate in India rose to 7.2% in February 2019, the highest since September 2016, and up from 5.9% in February 2018, according to data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). The unemployment rate has climbed despite a fall in the number of job seekers.
Delhi Government Launches ‘One Delhi’ App
To ease the use of public transport in the nation capital, the Delhi government launched a common mobility app ‘One Delhi’ to allow users plan more efficiently their journey with Delhi Metro and all city buses. The app was developed by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System, or DIMTS.
Malaysia joins the International Criminal Court
Malaysia has become a member of the International Criminal Court. The ICC is the world’s only permanent war crimes court and aims to prosecute the worst abuses when national courts are unable or unwilling.
BANKING & FINANCE
Income tax exemption limit on gratuity doubled to Rs 20 lakh
The labour ministry said that the income tax exemption limit on gratuity has been doubled to Rs 20 lakh from the existing Rs 10 lakh, a move that will benefit employees who are not covered by the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
Soumya Swaminathan named Chief Scientist at WHO
Soumya Swaminathan, a Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation has been named Chief Scientist of the WHO. As Deputy Director-General Programmes (DDP), she was one of the three DDGs assisting WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
IGIA declared as ‘Best Airport’ in 2018 ASQ Awards
The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi has been adjudged as the best airport in the category of over 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) in the Asia Pacific by Airports Council International (ACI) in the Airport Service Quality Programme for 2018.